Carmelo Hayes is currently in his second reign as the NXT North American Champion. Hayes first won the title by cashing in his NXT Breakout Tournament contract on Swerve Strickland on the October 12th, 2021, episode of NXT 2.0.
Carmelo defeated Roderick Strong to unify the Cruiserweight and the North American Championships at NXT: New Year’s Evil on January 4th, 2022. He lost the title to Cameron Grimes in a fatal five-way ladder match, but regained it soon.
The A-Champion took to Twitter on Monday and hinted at defending his title by giving away an open challenge this week on NXT 2.0. His last title defense came on the June 8th episode of NXT 2.0.
Gonna continue to celebrate my birthday on NXT TV tomorrow the best way I know how, collecting another W.
North American Championship Open Challenge otw…
👀 #WWENXT #WWERaw
WWE has already announced couple of title matches for the August 2nd episode of NXT 2.0. You can read the lineup for this week’s show of the yellow brand below.
Creed Brothers (c) vs. Tony D’Angelo & Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo
Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley vs. Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne vs. Katana Chance & Kayden Carter vs. Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz
Solo Sikoa vs. Von Wagner
Mandy Rose vs. Sarray
Bron Breakker & JD McDonagh
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